Ten years ago today, the terrorists won and we’ve been a nation cowering in fear ever since. Nearly everything that’s happened since then has been a result of our fear — the economy, our protracted involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan, the TSA, the Patriot Act, the inability of our political system to accomplish anything, the curtailment of basic liberties and the general climate of fear with the ignorance, anger and hatred it breeds. It all stems from fear and knee-jerk reactions to imagined threats. We are all afraid of losing what we have so we react irrationally and hoard more of it as we distrust everyone. As long as we’re afraid and we let that fear rule our lives, we are not free.
After 10 years of living in fear, I say it’s time to let it go. It’s time to pick up the pieces and move forward. It is time to take back the freedom we’ve so blindly given away over the past decade. We’ve traded freedom for the illusion of security. But we haven’t actually gained any security, we’ve only increased our insecurity. We need to operate from a position of confidence and knowledge, not from our present position of fear and ignorance.
It is time for us to
- Let go of our fear.
- Let go of our anger.
- Let go of our hate.
- Let go of our insecurity.
- Let go of our greed.
- Let go of the bureaucracies and institutions that do not serve us.
- Rebuild our confidence.
- Develop patience.
- Show compassion.
- Do what’s right simply because it is right, not for our own immediate gain.
- Be free.
We should never forget what happened that day. But as long as we allow our fear to guide our lives and our actions, the terrorists hold power over us and we are not a free nation. Instead, we are slaves to fear and to those who would fan its flames.
Let go of the fear and be free!